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My baby boy is 6+ month now (is that influenza vaccination good for him at this age so that i can protect him from flu and complication....Is it safe)?

My baby boy is 6+ month now (is that influenza vaccination good for him at this age so that i can protect him from flu and complication....Is it safe)?

It's good!: The flu can make some people much sicker than others. It can lead to pneumonia, ; make existing medical conditions worse. It can cause diarrhea ; seizures in infants/children. Each year thousands of people in the United States die from flu, ; many more are hospitalized. The flu vaccine is the best protection we have-esp against its complications. It helps prevent spread to/from others. It's safe. ...Read more

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Influenza (Definition)

Influenza is a viral respiratory infection that causes cough, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches and headache. While most healthy people suffer few complications from the flu, it can be deadly for pregnant women, babies and children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems. That's why it's so important to get the flu shot to protect yourself ...Read more


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Which vaccination will help me not catch an influenza, cold, or flu?

Which vaccination will help me not catch an influenza, cold, or flu?

FLU shot: The flu shot will help to prevent you from getting influenza/flu but will not protect from colds. ...Read more

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Can cervarix and influenza vaccinations be taken on the same day?

Can cervarix and influenza vaccinations be taken on the same day?

Yes: They can be given the same day. They stimulate the immune system separately and do not interfere with one another. ...Read more

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Please explain how healthy vaccinated people can still die from influenza?

Please explain how healthy vaccinated people can still die from influenza?

Perfection: All drugs and vaccines are studied for their efficacy by working in majority of people, not in 100% of people, and not perfect. For example, flu vaccine works in 85% of people to protect them from flu, or if they still contract flu, it makes the symptoms milder. It also only works for the flu being vaccinated for and for a few months of that year. So, there is no perfect vaccine or med for all. ...Read more

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How common is gbs, and how common is it among people who have been vaccinated against seasonal influenza?

Rare: In the USA Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) occurs in about 1 to 2 per 100, 000 regardless of immunization status. GBS can be triggered by viral & bacterial infections. Modern influenza vaccine is thought to increase the incidence of GBS by 1 in a million, or less. Remember that between 3,000 to 49,000 people die each year from influenza. The risk is much less for vaccine than influenza disease. ...Read more

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If I get vaccinated against influenza. Does my baby get any immunity from my vaccine, being breast-fed?

If I get vaccinated against influenza. Does my baby get any immunity from my vaccine, being breast-fed?

Passive immunity: Yes, you can pass antibodies to baby through colostrum in breast milk, but these will not confer long lasting immunity. ...Read more

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Why do you have to get vaccinated with the influenza vaccine (flu vaccine) every year?

Why do you have to get vaccinated with the influenza vaccine (flu vaccine) every year?

Influenza vaccine: Influenza virus changes each year therefore every year new vaccines are made to cover the most likely circulating strains of the virus. ...Read more

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Ana (Definition)

An "ana" is a blood test used to screen a person for the possibility of several autoimmune diseases. It is important to remember that this is a screening test and a positive result only indicates more testing may be warranted. No blood test is perfect, and getting to a diagnosis is usually much more complex than drawing blood and looking at a number ...Read more


Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more